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A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward, eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity. Manny Farber

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

I spent the holidays in India,  extremely complex country with so many levels, and so many influences which have formed it.  It is not really a melting pot in the sense America is, more like a 10 course meal. Survival seems prominent to the detriment of culture. That is why it is so amazing that the culture is what one still feels ties the country together.  As the world grows so much smaller because of world wide web communication, I am not sure that the contemporary culture especially in fine art, can sustain an Indian identity. It can have India subject matter but not a true Indian individuality...I don't believe that exist anywhere in the world anymore as we are now so interconnected and influenced. If art is the harbinger of new things, then coming together to create unified art might sign a coming together of one world and a new sense of how we need to interconnect to have world peace.   I know that sounds preachy, but I think world peace is most important than identity.  I say that because I have a very strong sense of our self uniqueness and am not worried about that being lost.   

Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year! A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Monuments and Museums
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

The art world lost a valiant supporter with the passing of Ellen Phelan this January. No one showed up more consistently at more events than this determined lady. She did not suffer fools and has a very keen eye and was responsible for rallying the art troops any number of times over a long career. I remember her most for her efforts on behalf of the SDMA Contemporary Arts Committee, but I loved her stories of art shows she organized well before I arrived 22 years ago. She will be greatly missed. Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie: Irene de Watteville and Belize Iristay is not to be missed and runs to March 9, 2019 at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. Opening Reception Fri. Jan 11 from 6:30 to 8:30. This exhibition is dedicated in memory of our great art advocate Ellen Phelan. 

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is proud to present a cross-border art collaboration installation with nearly 350 birds, hand created by over 350 school children across 7 schools in both the San Diego and Baja region. These art works will fly high above the ARTS DISTRICT’s Luce Court as well as in Tijuana. The project, Birds without Paradise, began with Oaxacan artist Manuel Molina as a way to raise awareness about the impact of bird trafficking. The project quickly transformed into a binational program focused on the theme of freedom (an increasingly relevant topic in the San Diego-Tijuana cross-border community). What better visual representation of freedom than a bird in flight?

We are excited about the Tangible Memories exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society. The reception, Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019, 4:30-7:30 pm involves refreshments, a dance performance by LITVAKdance, and meeting the artists and seeing their interpretations of the historic figure they have been assigned. It should be quite an interesting exhibition with participating artists including: Tara Centybear, Taylor Chapin, Becky Guttin, Bhavna Mehta, Lee Puffer, Bridget Rountree, Anna Stump, Cheryl Tall, Kelly Telebrico, and Rebecca Webb. Exhibition continues to May 19 and is curated by Danielle Deery.

We applaud Brent Beltran, Soni López-Chávez and Chris Zertuche, (both owners of La Bodega Gallery), and Max Bojorquez (Diztinta Print Shop) who are publishing the new La Neta 92113. In their own words, “A free, monthly, barrio-based magazine. We will showcase the unique people, art, style, food, small businesses, and activism that makes San Diego’s historic communities of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan the culturally rich neighborhoods that they are today. LA NETA will utilize artwork, articles, interviews, cartoons, poetry, and more to highlight the people, places y corazón of these working class barrios.” We would certainly love to see more neighborhoods come together in this way and be financed by ads from the local businesses.

We applaud FusionGlass/Idea Field for creating new project and programs continually. They now have free video tutorials for fun projects you can do at home with a series of optional Project Kits to go with the videos. So you'll be able to do the project without having to shop for the supplies. The shop has exhibitions and makes Calls to Artists so click here to request info on both from Deb Solan.

Always impressive, Lynn Susholtz from Art Produce has added another exhibition space: The Cooler Room has had many lives since the building was purchased in 1999 - an artist studio, meditation room, beer tasting room - but its earlier life was as a walk-in cooler for North Park Produce. Now it exists as an exhibit space, artist-in-residence workspace, and anything else her and her team’s collective heart’s desire. First show opening Jan 26 features multi-media works combining objects from her childhood home in Houston with local materials.

We are looking forward to more reports in 2019 from the new art critic for the last 7 months at the SD Union-Tribune,Jim Daichendt.Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and Seth Combscontinue to write for City Beat. KPBS/Arts editor, Nina Garinis starting to cover more visual arts and Julia Dixon Evans has taken over from Kinsee Morlan at Voice of San Diego.

One last hurrah from Helmuth Projects as their building has been sold. Josh Pavlick the self-defined facilities resident will be presenting on March 1 Andrew Alcasid and his “architectural interventions”. The show will be up April fool’s day until the building is torn down for condos. We are glad they said it loud since 2011.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Becoming an artist that gets paid isn’t just about being able to create beautiful artwork; it is about becoming a professional. If you have a strong interest in being an artist and have begun to build a body of work, The Business of Art Scholarship may be the next step for you to navigate the complex art industry while participating in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk. The scholarship is a unique opportunity for an artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork during Mission Federal ArtWalk. To ensure a successful launch at this year’s festival, the artist will receive personalized mentoring from Patric Stillman, artist and owner of The Studio Door, and receive an exceptional media package provided by San Diego Visual Arts Network. The Business of Art scholarship is presented by Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door for the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk [April 27 and 28, 2019]. There is no application fee for this opportunity. Recent scholars include Eleanor Greer (2018) and Mikaela McLeish (2017). Due Feb 1, APPLY TODAY >>>> Click here to download application. The Studio Door Preview Day on Jan 19. Noon to 7 PM with live music from A New High at 1 and 5. This Studio Door has survived and moved to a new Hillcrest location: 3867 Fourth Avenue, SD 92104 with new tel: 619-255-2867. Like a new year's harbinger it has returned to us better than ever.  More info: Patric Stillman.

Cal State San Marcos is posting a new faculty position in Digital Photography. They are interested in attracting applicants who represent the vibrancy of our diverse student body and who engage in digital photography in expansive ways that discuss important issues.

Call for Artists for the Spring Talmadge Art Show, Sunday May 19, 2019. $125 booth fee and with central cashiering and 20% sales commission for quality craft including: clothing, jewelry, pottery, glass, purses, furniture, painting and more. Artists must be at the show. Applications due March 1. Questions: Sharon Gorevitz 619-559-9082 Liberty Station Conference Center. Up to 75 artists will be accepted.

Each year the Poway Center for the Performing Art selects artists to exhibit in its beautiful lobby gallery.  The application process is now open and will close on April 15th.  If you/your group are interested in applying for the 19/20 exhibition season, please visit https://www.powaycenter.com/158/Art-Exhibitors  for more information and for the application.

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A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward, eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity. Manny Farber

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

I spent the holidays in India,  extremely complex country with so many levels, and so many influences which have formed it.  It is not really a melting pot in the sense America is, more like a 10 course meal. Survival seems prominent to the detriment of culture. That is why it is so amazing that the culture is what one still feels ties the country together.  As the world grows so much smaller because of world wide web communication, I am not sure that the contemporary culture especially in fine art, can sustain an Indian identity. It can have India subject matter but not a true Indian individuality...I don't believe that exist anywhere in the world anymore as we are now so interconnected and influenced. If art is the harbinger of new things, then coming together to create unified art might sign a coming together of one world and a new sense of how we need to interconnect to have world peace.   I know that sounds preachy, but I think world peace is most important than identity.  I say that because I have a very strong sense of our self uniqueness and am not worried about that being lost.   

Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year! A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Monuments and Museums
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

The art world lost a valiant supporter with the passing of Ellen Phelan this January. No one showed up more consistently at more events than this determined lady. She did not suffer fools and has a very keen eye and was responsible for rallying the art troops any number of times over a long career. I remember her most for her efforts on behalf of the SDMA Contemporary Arts Committee, but I loved her stories of art shows she organized well before I arrived 22 years ago. She will be greatly missed. Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie: Irene de Watteville and Belize Iristay is not to be missed and runs to March 9, 2019 at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. Opening Reception Fri. Jan 11 from 6:30 to 8:30. This exhibition is dedicated in memory of our great art advocate Ellen Phelan. 

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is proud to present a cross-border art collaboration installation with nearly 350 birds, hand created by over 350 school children across 7 schools in both the San Diego and Baja region. These art works will fly high above the ARTS DISTRICT’s Luce Court as well as in Tijuana. The project, Birds without Paradise, began with Oaxacan artist Manuel Molina as a way to raise awareness about the impact of bird trafficking. The project quickly transformed into a binational program focused on the theme of freedom (an increasingly relevant topic in the San Diego-Tijuana cross-border community). What better visual representation of freedom than a bird in flight?

We are excited about the Tangible Memories exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society. The reception, Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019, 4:30-7:30 pm involves refreshments, a dance performance by LITVAKdance, and meeting the artists and seeing their interpretations of the historic figure they have been assigned. It should be quite an interesting exhibition with participating artists including: Tara Centybear, Taylor Chapin, Becky Guttin, Bhavna Mehta, Lee Puffer, Bridget Rountree, Anna Stump, Cheryl Tall, Kelly Telebrico, and Rebecca Webb. Exhibition continues to May 19 and is curated by Danielle Deery.

We applaud Brent Beltran, Soni López-Chávez and Chris Zertuche, (both owners of La Bodega Gallery), and Max Bojorquez (Diztinta Print Shop) who are publishing the new La Neta 92113. In their own words, “A free, monthly, barrio-based magazine. We will showcase the unique people, art, style, food, small businesses, and activism that makes San Diego’s historic communities of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan the culturally rich neighborhoods that they are today. LA NETA will utilize artwork, articles, interviews, cartoons, poetry, and more to highlight the people, places y corazón of these working class barrios.” We would certainly love to see more neighborhoods come together in this way and be financed by ads from the local businesses.

We applaud FusionGlass/Idea Field for creating new project and programs continually. They now have free video tutorials for fun projects you can do at home with a series of optional Project Kits to go with the videos. So you'll be able to do the project without having to shop for the supplies. The shop has exhibitions and makes Calls to Artists so click here to request info on both from Deb Solan.

Always impressive, Lynn Susholtz from Art Produce has added another exhibition space: The Cooler Room has had many lives since the building was purchased in 1999 - an artist studio, meditation room, beer tasting room - but its earlier life was as a walk-in cooler for North Park Produce. Now it exists as an exhibit space, artist-in-residence workspace, and anything else her and her team’s collective heart’s desire. First show opening Jan 26 features multi-media works combining objects from her childhood home in Houston with local materials.

We are looking forward to more reports in 2019 from the new art critic for the last 7 months at the SD Union-Tribune,Jim Daichendt.Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and Seth Combscontinue to write for City Beat. KPBS/Arts editor, Nina Garinis starting to cover more visual arts and Julia Dixon Evans has taken over from Kinsee Morlan at Voice of San Diego.

One last hurrah from Helmuth Projects as their building has been sold. Josh Pavlick the self-defined facilities resident will be presenting on March 1 Andrew Alcasid and his “architectural interventions”. The show will be up April fool’s day until the building is torn down for condos. We are glad they said it loud since 2011.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Becoming an artist that gets paid isn’t just about being able to create beautiful artwork; it is about becoming a professional. If you have a strong interest in being an artist and have begun to build a body of work, The Business of Art Scholarship may be the next step for you to navigate the complex art industry while participating in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk. The scholarship is a unique opportunity for an artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork during Mission Federal ArtWalk. To ensure a successful launch at this year’s festival, the artist will receive personalized mentoring from Patric Stillman, artist and owner of The Studio Door, and receive an exceptional media package provided by San Diego Visual Arts Network. The Business of Art scholarship is presented by Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door for the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk [April 27 and 28, 2019]. There is no application fee for this opportunity. Recent scholars include Eleanor Greer (2018) and Mikaela McLeish (2017). Due Feb 1, APPLY TODAY >>>> Click here to download application. The Studio Door Preview Day on Jan 19. Noon to 7 PM with live music from A New High at 1 and 5. This Studio Door has survived and moved to a new Hillcrest location: 3867 Fourth Avenue, SD 92104 with new tel: 619-255-2867. Like a new year's harbinger it has returned to us better than ever.  More info: Patric Stillman.

Cal State San Marcos is posting a new faculty position in Digital Photography. They are interested in attracting applicants who represent the vibrancy of our diverse student body and who engage in digital photography in expansive ways that discuss important issues.

Call for Artists for the Spring Talmadge Art Show, Sunday May 19, 2019. $125 booth fee and with central cashiering and 20% sales commission for quality craft including: clothing, jewelry, pottery, glass, purses, furniture, painting and more. Artists must be at the show. Applications due March 1. Questions: Sharon Gorevitz 619-559-9082 Liberty Station Conference Center. Up to 75 artists will be accepted.

Each year the Poway Center for the Performing Art selects artists to exhibit in its beautiful lobby gallery.  The application process is now open and will close on April 15th.  If you/your group are interested in applying for the 19/20 exhibition season, please visit https://www.powaycenter.com/158/Art-Exhibitors  for more information and for the application.

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